Thursday, September 30, 2010

Must be the Season

Despite my farewell to summer, I still find myself reaching for the lights and brights in my closet. I look like I stepped right out of April to post these pictures. I just don't see myself as much of a fall-colors person. I love a nice dark green, a plummy purple, and goodness knows my penchant towards gray, but as far as fall and winter colors go that's about it (and even calling gray a fall color is quite a stretch). When I see shades of orange and dark red I think "Pretty. But not me." Do I need to expand my horizons a little? Maybe. But today, in spite of the fact that October is hours away, I'm rebelliously embracing another season's beautiful bright hues. 



Cardigan: Gap; shirt: Gap (way old); pants: Loft; shoes: Jessica Simpson, from Kathy's closet



Song: Let Your Love Flow by the Bellamy Brothers

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

If I Were a Boy

Well, I did throw on what I wanted but I didn't go drink beer with the boys today. I guess that doesn't really make me a boy (by Beyoncé's standards). I did dress a little like one today, which I didn't actually realize until I was about ready to head out the door. I've got the blazer and the oxfords going on--I'm just one pair of khakis away from wearing a boy's school uniform. Whew, good thing I went with jeans, that was a close call. It would have been pretty embarrassing if a truancy officer came to my work. Does that actually happen? I mean, do truancy officers actually troll around looking for delinquent, school-skipping kids? Just wondering. Anyway, in case they do, I put on a girlie necklace and earrings too. You can't be too careful.  

Blazer: Loft; t-shirt: Old Navy; tank (under tee): Old Navy; jeans: Loft; earrings: Charlotte Russe; necklace: Forever 21; oxfords: Target (I got them online--I couldn't find them in the store.)

Song: If I Were a Boy by Beyoncé 

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Bring a Nickel; Tap Your Feet

Today when I was getting dressed, I started at my feet and worked up. For some reason I really wanted to wear these shoes today, so they're what I started with. When I looked at Kimberly's Outfit Inspiration Calender, I was in luck; it called for a mix of leopard and army green. Well, I had the leopard part down I just needed to find some army green. First, I tried my go-to green cargos, then an old green skirt. Neither felt right. So I pulled out this (equally old) green sweater and everything else fell into place. Nothing jaw-dropping, nothing that would grace the cover of a fashion magazine, but comfortable and chic just the same. It's a good thing that worked out. It was a little chilly today to be wearing only shoes.


Cardigan: Mossimo, Target; blouse: Loft; jeans: Express; belt: Loft; shoes: Merona, Target

Song: Down on the Corner by Creedence Clearwater Revival

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(Chocolate Chip and Walnut) Blondies Have More Fun

What do I do when I can't find a job? I bake. Or shop. Today it was the former. Basically, when left to my own devices, I try to sabotage either my budget or my waistline. But if these Chocolate Chip and Walnut Blondies are wrong, then baby, I don't want to be right. And after making them yourself, you won't either.

I got the recipe from Martha Stewart, so I wasn't surprised at how delicious they turned out. I was quite pleased, however, with how simple they were to make. You never know with Martha. 


If you do decide to make these (and you should!), err on the side of caution when baking. The recipe says to bake them for 40-45 minutes, but mine were done after about 37 minutes. In my opinion, blondies, brownies and the like are better when they're a tiny bit undercooked anyway. 


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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hot Legs, Wearing Me Out

No, I'm not paying myself a compliment here. Literally, my legs got hot. It wasn't the weather--once it got dark (and rainy) out, it was the perfect tights weather. However, running around at work all day got a little steamy. The cheap (yet cute!) cardigan, that probably doesn't have a single natural fiber in it, didn't help much either. Live and learn. 

The date night Friday was pretty much the highlight of my weekend. The rest consisted of working, grocery shopping, and laundry. I guess I did get caught up on Project Runway (even though I already knew who got sent home due to the unfortunate timing of my twitter status check). 

I do have a question for you though, albeit it's a random one. Last year, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to student teach French in an elementary school. Initially, I panicked--I've never taught elementary school kids before! But quickly, I fell in loved with their enthusiasm and energy, and didn't want my time at the elementary school to end. (Yes, I promise there is a question coming.) Unfortunately, the number of schools that teach French at the elementary level here is small and dwindling. Here's what I want to know: Where you live, do any of the elementary schools offer French? I know many of you may not know, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask. For a great job, Aaron and I would consider making a big move. Thank you for your help!


Cardigan: Forever 21; dress: Loft; earrings: hand made by Aaron's Aunt Mary; necklace: Banana Republic Factory Store, gift; belt: Gap; tights: Loft; shoes: Isaac Mizrahi for Target


Song: Hot Legs by Rod Stewart

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

My Milkshake Brings All the Boys to the Yard

And. It's. The weekend. This week seemed long to me for some reason. I can barely remember what I did Monday; it seems so far away. But that doesn't matter, because it's Saturday! I'm a little late on this post, this is actually what I wore (and ate) last night. Aaron and I had a coupon to Blanc, a "burgers and bottles" restaurant. So we indulged a little (okay, a lot) and had ourselves a meal that was miles away from healthy. I had a burger stuffed with blue cheese, topped with bacon, an onion ring, butter lettuce and homemade ketchup. It was bigger than my head. Quite possibly the messiest thing on the menu, but boy was it worth it. And no, I did not eat that whole thing. I can eat, but that burger was beyond my abilities. And accompanied with a shopping cart of fries (sweet potato for me, regular for Aaron) it was perfection. But the best part unfortunately did not get a photo op. It was the "grown up" milkshake I had for dessert. Get a load of this: chocolate frozen custard, espresso flavored vodka, Frangelico. It was every bit as good as it sounds. What a delicious night! Of course, we were both too full to go do anything after that, so we just retreated to our comfy couch and watched the season premiere of House that we DVRed. (Woohoo! House and Cuddy! Finally.) I wish you all a wonderful, indulgent weekend!


Cardi: Admit One, Marshall's; t-shirt: Loft; skirt: Forever 21; earrings: Charlotte Russe; necklace: handmade by Aaron's aunt Mary; belt: Gap (very old); shoes: Jessica Simpson, DSW




Song: Milkshake by Kelis

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fill My Eyes with that Double Vision

I had everything I needed to do it. I decided to just go ahead and give it a try. I mean really, what's the worst that could happen? No, I'm not talking about starting some new venture or embarking on a challenge. Well, not unless you consider getting dressed a challenge. I'm referring to my decision to wear double denim today. Yep. Light, loose, snappy chambray on top, dark, slim jeans on bottom. And you know what? I like it. 

It's nothing new, of course. The double denim look has been rocking all over the blogosphere for some time now (examples here, here, and here). Honestly, my double denim look developed more from laziness than anything else today. I wore the top half of this look with a skirt as I was getting ready to work today, but alas the substitute gods were against me and I didn't get a job. Not wanting to change my outfit completely, I kept the shirt and tee and threw on some jeans. And done. Will you be sporting any double denim this year? 



Shirt: Old Navy; t-shirt (under): Gap; jeans: Old Navy; shoes: Target

Song: Double Vision by Foreigner 

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Merci Beaucoup!

I would like to thank the lovely, stylish lady behind the blog It's Raining on My Face for giving me this Sunshine Award. You should check her out--I love her creative, colorful, feminine style! 



Now I'm supposed to pass this award on to some other bloggers. I hope that she doesn't mind that I'm not going to exactly follow those directions. Instead, considering that this is the Sunshine Award, I want to share with you some of the blogs that put a smile on my face every day.

1. Kimberellie Miss Furnellie (Stylish, talented, hilarious. Love, love, love her.)
2. Style Underdog (Challenging herself not to shop. Brave woman. Also lovely and funny.)
3. Kendi Everyday (If you've never read this blog, do it now.)
4. The Pioneer Woman (Crazy good food. Lots of laughs.)
5. Uber Chic for Cheap (Bargains always make me smile.)

Of course, there are dozens more, but I would be writing all night if I told you all my favorites. 

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Dinner Last Night: Beef Dip Sandwiches

When I was a kid, one of my very favorite things to eat was roast beef. My mom made a delicious roast beef, and she would always put the beef on hard rolls and serve it with au jus for dipping. It's still something I crave when I want comfort food. However, every time I've tried to make it in the past, the meat has been too dry, too tough or too fatty. Until I tried this recipe from allrecipes.com

Not only is it the best roast I've ever made, but it's also ridiculously easy. Seriously. Ridiculous. Here's what you do: Take a 3-4 lb. beef chuck roast and put it in your slow cooker. To the beef, add a couple cloves of minced garlic, about a tablespoon of dried rosemary, 2-3 bay leaves, a cup of soy sauce (I really think this is the trick), and 5-6 cups of water. Turn it on low, then let it cook for 6-10 hours. Don't touch it, don't worry about it, just let it do it's thing and then eat it whenever you're hungry. Trust me, the beef will be tender and juicy, and the au jus is insane. I recommend toasting some hard rolls, spreading them with a little butter and making a little sandwich for dipping, à la my mom. 


On a side note, I'm not sure why we always call the beef juice au jus. Au is a preposition, and in this case means with, so when we say Beef Dip with au jus, we're saying Beef Dip with with juice. Maybe it's because au jus sounds better than just jus. Hmmm. 

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

When the Seasons Change

Tomorrow is officially the start of fall. Can you believe it? If you're judging by the weather, I'd guess probably not. I'm really hoping for a good long fall, so that winter can be postponed as much as possible. In fact, if we just skipped over winter entirely and went straight into spring, I'd be a happy gal. Maybe I'm living in the wrong state. 

To celebrate the change of seasons (or just because I felt like it) I bought two pairs of tights today. Of course, I can't wear them yet, but I can think about wearing them. We'll pretend that's close. For example, I thought about how great black tights would look with this outfit. And then I thought about how uncomfortable I would be in tights in 85 degree weather. So bare legs won out again. I would complain about how I'm losing my summer tan, but let's face it, I never had one to begin with. 


Cardigan: Ann Taylor, thrifted; tank: Mossimo, Target; skirt: Loft; necklace: c/o Fenno Fashion; belt: Loft; shoes: Isaac Mizrahi for Target


Song: Seasons Change by Corinne Bailey Rae

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Check Out the Crabs in the Bucket

No, this post will be about neither crabs nor buckets. The truth is I just got home from Jazzercise class (Yes, I Jazzercise. It's awesome.) and I had it in my head. It's one of my favorites. You should check it out. The song, I mean. Well, Jazzercise too. You'll get hooked though, I warn you. Okay, I'll stop saying Jazzercise; it's starting to sound like an advertisement. But it's kind of a fun word. It gets even more fun when you do jazz hands as you say it. Try it, come on. 

Okay, if you're still reading this you deserve some kind of reward. Here it is: today, I bring you an action-packed outfit post. See, right now I'm standing.



But now, I'm sitting. What will I do next?

Oh, that's who I was looking at. My adorable dog. Isn't she adorable? This is what she does when she's outside. She's got sunbathing down to an art.


Until she sees a bunny. Get it, Ellie get it! No, this isn't rabbit-cruelty. She won't get it. She's fast, but not sneaky. Unless, that is, she is sneakily jumping over our fence. The fence we thought, erroneously, was dog-jump-proof. Not so. I found the little rebel in my neighbor's yard today.


The end.

Cardigan: NY&Co; blouse: Loft; jeans: Loft; earrings: Urban Outfitters; shoes: Steve Madden, Marshall's

Song: Crabbuckit by K-OS

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Dinner Last Night: Nutty Tilapia and Potato Balls

When I started this blog, I had high hopes of creating and posting original recipes. But the reality is that while I often adapt recipes to meet my (and Aaron's) tastes, I just don't have the time to come up with brand new meals myself. And honestly, why should I, when there are blogs like Kitchen Belleicious and the Pioneer Woman? And of course Rachael Ray. So, why not let them do the heavy lifting, recipe-wise, and let me have the fun of cooking and eating? 

I saw this tilapia and potato dinner on Kitchen Belleicious last week and knew I needed to incorporate it into this week's menu. First of all, I'm always on the lookout for new tilapia recipes, because I adore seafood but abhor its costliness. Affordable tilapia, to the rescue! Secondly, anything that involves a potato is okay in my book. And a potato ball? Even better. (I seem to have a thing for ball-shaped food lately. A couple weeks ago it was cake balls. Last weekend I made meatballs. The pictures didn't turn out. Sorry. Now potato balls. Is it just me, or would this be a great, although slightly inappropriate boy baby shower theme? Just sayin'. Tangent over.) 

I'm not going to write out this recipe, because Kitchen Bellecious already has done a fabulous job of that for you. But if you're looking for a fish dish that's light in flavor but hearty at the same time, go check it out. And you'll be glad, and rather proud of yourself, that you did.


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Monday, September 20, 2010

Turn the Quiet Up, Turn the Noise Down

Just the thought of my morning coffee tomorrow brings a smile to my face. Mondays are typically rushed for me, which I'm thankful for because if I'm busy (generally) it means I'm working. Making money is a good thing. But, all that rushing around makes me crave slowness. And tomorrow, I can take my time getting ready in the morning, and actually enjoy that steaming cup of caffeinated goodness. Sometimes, it's the simple things, right?

By the way, I did not wear this to sub. today. I did wear the shirt, but it was part of a nice little fall look that did not last one minute after I got home. Ninety five degrees does not a fall day make. So, for the sake of comfort, I decided to bore you (and, I suppose, everyone else who saw me after 4 pm) all with the same pair of shorts I wore in my last outfit post. Fall, where did you go?

Cardigan: American Eagle; blouse: Loft; shorts: Loft; earrings: NY&Co; shoes: Aldo

Song: Smoke a Little Smoke by Eric Church

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Friday, September 17, 2010

When We Look Back Now Will Our Jokes Still Be Funny

The weekend's finally here! Just a quick outfit post, then I'm off to start mine. Tonight, my best friend Abby and I are going to meet one of our closest friends from high school. We haven't seen her for several years, but she recently moved back to Kansas City. So we're going to do some catching up over tapas and Sangria. I can't think of a better way to catch up, can you? I'm looking forward to seeing her again, and I've been thinking a lot about how much fun we used to have together in high school. It's amazing how fast life goes. People move away, they get married, they have kids, and all the sudden it's been ten years. Thank goodness for Facebook is all I can say to that. 

Well, I hope your weekend is also filled with memories, whether it's making new ones or remembering old. Hopefully, it will be a little of both.

Blazer: Isaac Mizrahi for Target; blouse: Banana Republic Factory Store; shorts: Loft; earrings: H&M; necklace: Target; belt: Loft; shoes: Isaac Mizrahi for Target


Song: Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C

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